Indonesia expects S'pore to return extradition favour

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  • Friday, 07 Feb 2003

JAKARTA: Indonesia could hand over a suspected regional terror leader wanted by Singapore but the city-state must return the favour in future, Justice Minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra said yesterday. 

Police arrested Mas Selamat Kastari in Bintan on Sunday. The city-state wants him over an alleged plot to hijack a plane and crash it into Changi airport. 

“If a country has no extradition treaty, then deportation (is an option) but there should be a principle of reciprocity,” Mahendra told reporters 

Mas Selamat is suspected to be the head of the Singapore branch of Jemaah Islamiyah. Indonesian police say so far Selamat has only been questioned over possible immigration law violations over the fake Indonesian passport in his possession. -- APpic

Indonesia has no extradition treaty with Singapore. But some terror suspects arrested in Indonesia in the past have been flown to other countries without any apparent extradition formalities. 

In December, Mahendra criticised what he called Singapore's reluctance to sign an extradition treaty, saying fugitive Indonesian businessmen have laundered illegal funds there. 

Police spokesman Didi Rohayadi said Mas Selamat could be handed over to Singapore if police could not charge him for crimes in Indonesia.  

“He is a fugitive of the law in Singapore and therefore Singapore has sought his extradition. But this process can only take place if he has been proven not to have engaged in crimes in Indonesia,” he said. 

Pandiangan said so far Selamat had only been questioned over possible Immigration law violations. Police have said he had a fake Indonesian passport. – AFP  

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